Leonardo DiCaprio

The Revenant

The Revenant (which I know from seeing the excellent, unrelated French series Les Revenants) means one who has returned from the dead. Though this is not really explained in this brutal film by Alejandro G. Iñárritu (perhaps, at some point, one of the French trappers muttered something I missed?), you can pretty much get the …

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The 11th Hour

The 11th Hour

Global warming isn’t funny. I’ve known this since elementary school, and have always been conscious about recycling, driving a fuel efficient car, etc. Even so, the trailer for The 11th Hour cracked me up. The flashing images of environmental disasters made me feel like I was watching a bad progressive rock video or some lame …

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Shutter Island

Almost from the opening frames, I couldn’t help but notice that Shutter Island oozes with style. From the booming Hitchcockian soundtrack to the arty and transfixing flashbacks, you can tell right away that this tale isn’t being conducted by a director-for-hire. That said, the plot balances on a thin line between a masterpiece thriller and …

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The Departed

Shortly after seeing the original Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs a few years back, I heard that the rights had been optioned by Brad Pitt, of all people, for the seemingly unavoidable American remake. Was Hollywood really so dried up of ideas that they had to troll every already-good foreign film and translate it into …

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The Great Gatsby

You either love Baz Luhrmann’s over-the-top Technicolor style, or you don’t. Personally I loved loved LOVED his sensory-overload musical romance Moulin Rouge, but I know several people who hated hated HATED it. I also adored his campy first film Strictly Ballroom, which is often dismissed as cotton candy. So, yeah, I was really looking forward …

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